Erik Estrada was born in 1949 in East Harlem, Manhattan as well as is of Puerto Rican descent. Although he ended up being preferred later on for Spanish language telenovelas, he will always be most well known for his lead role in the television series CHiPs. Estrada played Officer Frank Poncherello, a The Golden State Highway Patrolman, therefore the shows name CHiPs.

Erik Estrada made his film debut in 1970s The Cross and also the Knife which was complied with by a brief, however moderately successful movie occupation for him. Estradas movie highlights are what landed him the leading role in the hit TELEVISION show CHiPs. He signed on to the program at the really starting in 1977 and also continued to be the celebrity till completion of its last season in 1983. As a result of his newly uncovered mainstream fame, he swiftly came to be a teenager idolizer, appearing on the cover of a selection of publications. By the second season of CHiPs, it had actually rapidly asserted its place among the top enjoyed 70s TELEVISION programs.

CHiPs had a suggestion for a two part episode in the second season that would certainly call for some off video camera work for Estrada. He began really rigorous, regimented martial arts training with Frank Argelander. Argelander was a highly competent instructor in SeishinDo Kenpo, an American martial art system of self-defense. Estrada as well as Argelander also appeared on the cover of Combating Stars Publication together that same year. The magazine was an extensively distributed fighting publication which problem included a post of Erik Estrada and also Frank Argelander discussing their training program.

The year of 1979 brought some unfortunate fortune to the life of Erik Estrada when he was seriously harmed in a stunt on the collection of the CHiPs TV show. While filming a scene on set he was tossed from a 900 pound bike and broke both wrists in addition to fracturing numerous of his ribs. Nonetheless, later on that year points started to look up again for Estrada when he was elected among Individuals magazines 10 Sexiest Bachelors on the planet. He was also granted the desirable place on the cover of the November issue.

In 1981 Estrada had a salary dispute with the network executives which eventually landed him on a respite from the collection. Although he was replaced by Olympic medalist Bruce Jenner for a couple of episodes, his lack showed to be just short-term when he returned later on that season. The CHiPs TELEVISION program was ultimately terminated in 1983, however Erik Estrada has actually remained a popular figure in the media also today.